Capitals 6, Rangers 5

12-game Streak Extends Team Record

February 05, 2010|By AP

NEW YORK - -Nicklas Backstrom's third-period, power-play goal - his fifth point of the night - broke a tie and gave the Capitals a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Thursday that extended Washington's winning streak to a team-record 12 games.

Backstrom already had four assists when he got to a loose puck near the left circle and snapped in his 24th goal of the season to make it 6-5 at 5:34 of the third. Washington scored three goals on the power play to offset a season-high four man-advantage goals by the Rangers.

Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist to reach 500 career NHL points - and he did it in only 373 games.

The Capitals, who lead the NHL in scoring, erased deficits of 1-0, 2-1, and 5-3. Then they held on, with the help of three power plays in the final 11 minutes. They haven't lost since Jan. 12 at Tampa Bay.

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